Today, on my FaceBook page, I received a message from my favourite cinema in Sydney. They want me to see, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” when it opens next year.
Well, I won’t.
I’ll give that movie a miss. It is absolutely childish to believe in a fantasy figure who can bring justice into this world. Why does Hollywood want us to believe that a miracle is just around the corner? The dark forces in our societies are the ruling classes and the property owners who are just a bunch of rent seekers.
As soon as you get rid of one group of those bloodsuckers, another group is taking over. Superman, or a revolution, is not the solution. Movies about it give us false hope and we are paying for it as well with our hard earned dollars. Even illusions cost money.
I noticed the accompanying trailer has been viewed almost 8 million times!!!
Most of them, I assume, will be eager viewers of the movie and they can’t wait. So, they are having a foretaste. A few, like me, are having a peek to get a grip on it and what it is all about.
Do we really think Superman or Batman could be our saviours? The Jewish people believe fervently in a Messiah. They are awaiting a king of the Jews, a kind of superhero; the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people and destroyer of their enemies.
There was one, Jesus of Nazareth, but he did not measure up and he told them, to turn the other cheek. This is not justice as they understood it. Superman a pacifist? Not very likely!
They were more inclined like the modern cinema goer. They wanted someone who can destroy buildings, and indeed (evil) empires with one punch with his fist. A King Hit or Sucker Punch is often seen as a weapon of the protagonist to deal with an unfair situation.
Drastic times ask for drastic action people think. That is why superheroes are so popular.
After WW 1 the German people felt humiliated and when a new hero appeared from another land (or planet) they thought he will restore their dignity. Of course, he only gave them false hope and a further humiliation awaited them.
Doesn’t the question arise why a cartoon character should be better in restoring justice than an imagined god? Further, we have to ask, what is justice; and justice for whom?
Justice for all is only a pipedream. Poetic justice to me seems only to be possible in literature and in Hollywood films; like the old Western. In real life, it remains a pipedream and lingers on in the darkened confines of the cinemas around the world.
But it was always like that. Cinema is “Illusion” and it was right from the beginning when the ever so smart Berliners coined the word “Kintopp” for it.